Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wedding Season

That's the title of this week's New Yorker Magazine cover by Barry Blitt.    This Sunday, same sex marriage will be official in New York state.    New York is the sixth state, and the largest, to legalize same sex marriage.   It joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont, along with Washington D.C.   The New York Daily News has a short profile of the first gay couple set to wed in New York City, Mimi Brown and Carol Anastasio, who have been together for 20 years. 

Our government classes look at this issue from many angles: reserved powers of the states; states rights; congressional action; Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US Constitution; 14th Amendment Equal Protection guarantee in the Constitution; mainstream and not-so-mainstream party politics.    Stay tuned.


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